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Houseparents | A Career Worth Every Minute

Houseparenting: A Family-Inclusive Role

Milton Hershey School employs over 200 houseparent couples to oversee student homes. They provide our students a structured, caring, home away from home. Houseparents shape the lives of children from qualifying families. They teach life skills that help students build character. They also help them succeed socially and academically.

Interested in positively impacting the lives of children? Houseparenting might be the unique career you’ve been seeking. We offer both full-time and part-time (weekend relief houseparent) employment opportunities. Attend an upcoming webinar to learn more about the houseparent role and meet with the MHS Recruitment Team.

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Life-Changing Employment Opportunities

At Milton Hershey School, careers are worth every minute. It is as much a lifestyle as it is a job. Learn more about how you can become part of the MHS family.

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What It Takes

Working at MHS means putting our students first. The job requirements for houseparents are rigorous. That helps ensure we place the best people to nurture, support, and protect our students. If you are dedicated to impacting children’s lives, we encourage you to explore the houseparenting role.

The application process for houseparent positions is lengthy. Over the course of several months, you will have the opportunity to learn about the position and assess if it’s an opportunity that fits you and your spouse.

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Daily Life as Houseparents

Houseparent couples live on the MHS campus in a private apartment connected to a student home. There you’ll care for eight to 12 students of the same gender and age range.

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Becoming a full-time houseparent means building a life in the welcoming community of Hershey, Pennsylvania. You’ll find lots to discover when you live, work, and play in the town built on chocolate.

Explore a Houseparent Apartment

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Why Become Houseparents?

Houseparents are passionate about the critical role they play in supporting our students. It’s so much more than a job—it’s a purpose.

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Flex Houseparenting: Your First Position

When first hired, couples start out as flex houseparents. You’ll shadow current houseparents to learn more about the role and best practices. Flex couples also stand in when a current couple takes time off. This is your chance to begin developing relationships with students and staff in the home life community.

While the flex schedule can be demanding, the insights learned during this time will prove invaluable once you’re assigned to a student home of your own.

Milton Hershey School houseparent recruiter Sal Hanna discusses his past experience as a houseparent

Part-Time Weekend Houseparents

MHS hires relief houseparents who work every other weekend, beginning at 6 p.m. on Friday and ending at 9:30 p.m. on Sunday. While on duty, relief houseparents have access to all meals and a private apartment attached to the student home for family time.

Ready to make a lasting impact by mentoring, supporting, and encouraging youth?

Equal Employment Opportunity Policy

Milton Hershey School does not discriminate in hiring, promotion or any terms or conditions of employment, on the basis of race, color, national or ethnic origin, ancestry, sex, age, religion or religious creed, veteran status, disability or any other status protected under applicable  federal or Pennsylvania law.


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Frequently Asked Questions

We’re sure you want to know even more about houseparenting. Check out answers to some common questions.

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Other Ways to Serve at MHS

Houseparenting isn’t the right fit for everyone. But if you still want to serve our students, check out our other job openings.

Sharing the Spartan Experience

Milton Hershey School does not discriminate in admissions or other programs and services on the basis of race, color, national or ethnic origin, ancestry, sex, religious creed or disability. Read important MHS policies on equal opportunity and diversity, equal employment opportunity, and more.